MPs debated banking in the House of Commons on Wednesday 15 January 2014. The debate was the first of two to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on the National Minimum Wage
Debate on Banking
The debate was moved by the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie. The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 242 votes, Noes 304 votes, Division 179)
Debate on National Minimum Wage
The debate was moved by the Shadow Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, responded on behalf of the Government
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 235 votes, Noes 299 votes, Division 180)
The Government amendment was agreed on division (Ayes 297 votes, Noes 227 votes, Division 181)
About Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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